Lucky boy raised without gender stereotypes You could call it a bonfire of the vanities. Encourage Suri Cruise and Princess Tiaamii, daughter of Jordan, to bin the general contents of their make-up bags and, after setting alight to these unnecessary accoutrements to toddlerdom, allow each to stride (as opposed to hobble in high heels) into primary school as – well what exactly? As gender intended? And what precisely might that mean for those children reared in households in which to be female demands the height of self-consciousness and several undercoats before the application of a final high-gloss varnish. It's a rum world when parents Beck Laxton and Kieran Cooper are regarded as crazy for adopting an approach to raising a child that is not, as Dr Daragh McDermott, a psychology lecturer, says "gender-neutral" but is stripped of stereotypes. So, we are told, when Sasha, now aged five and looking remarkably normal, was born, he was called "the infant", he slept in a yellow room and wore boy's or girl's clothes.
The Veiled Muslim Bogeygirl March 5, 2010 at 6:52 pm Ethar El-Katatney By: Ethar El-Katatney Photo Credit: Time Magazine There are around 800 people attending this forum. Trans in America As part of our new summer US project States of Independence we've invited our favourite 30 American curators, magazines, creatives and institutions to takeover Dazed for a day. This week, we take on the State of Sex, which tackles an all-encompassing look at sexuality, gender and all the flavours of the American rainbow. Original Plumbing is one of the freshest magazines for the trans community, with an unapologetically honest (and pretty fucking sexy) perspective on queer issues. Amos Mac, the co-founder and editor of the quarterly magazine, takes us into the OP world with his manifesto for print and columnists Arisce Wanzer and Diana Tourjee talk love, sex and politics.
Singing the Lesbian Blues in 1920s Harlem When Gertrude “Ma” Rainey—known as “The Mother of Blues”—sang, “It’s true I wear a collar and a tie, … Talk to the gals just like any old man,” in 1928’s “Prove It on Me,” she was flirting with scandal, challenging the listener to catch her in a lesbian affair. It might not seem like a big deal to us now, but back then, pursuing same-sex relations could get you thrown in jail. “It was under the cover of night, because they could be prosecuted for same-sex activity.” The good news for women-loving chanteuses like Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Gladys Bentley is that blues music in the 1920s was so far under the radar of mainstream America, female blues singers could get away with occasionally expressing their unconventional desires. That said, they all felt obligated to produce song after song about loving and losing men. Top: Cabaret singer and pianist Gladys Bentley, who performed in a tuxedo, drew a crowd to the Clam House in Harlem in the 1920s.
5 Things Cis People Can Actually Do For Trans People (Now That You Care About Us) Allow me to be more specific: It’s been a heated, daring, tumultuous, graphic, specularizing, aggressive, pointed, contentious, highly fatal, and really, really complicated year for trans people. Here are a few examples: Kristina Gomez Reinwald, Ty Underwood, Lamia Beard, and many other transwomen of color have been brutally murdered at the hands of lovers, family members, and strangers. Meanwhile, Laverne Cox and Janet Mock have come to fame and exhibited incredible feats of grace, articulation, and poignancy under the gaze of an eager media. Blake Brockington, Leelah Alcorn, Taylor Alesana, and many other transgender youth have committed suicide after enduring endless bullying and systematic brutality. Meanwhile, Jazz Jennings became the new face of Clean & Clear and published a children’s picture book about her life, and teen trans couple Arin Andrews and Katie Hill (best known for “Can You Even Believe They’re Trans?!” I am here to tell you that I have no cookies to offer.
A Boy in a Dress Isn't Funny Anymore Purim. The Jewish Halloween. It’s our first year sending our kids to a private Jewish day school, so while I wasn’t thrilled at having to come up with another round of costumes (heaven forbid they wear their actual Halloween costumes from last fall: “Everyone has already seen THOSE, Mom!”), I was happy because they were happy, and looking forward to the holiday. What Is Whiteness? Photo THE terrorist attack in Charleston, S.C., an atrocity like so many other shameful episodes in American history, has overshadowed the drama of Rachel A. Dolezal’s yearslong passing for black.
Book Mandy and Eva - Willeke Duijvekam Finalist Dutch Design Award The book 'Mandy and Eva' is now one of the finalist for the Dutch Design Awards 2014! Exhibition 'Mandy and Eva' at the Centre Culturel Jacques Franck The exhibition is part of The 2014 edition of the Summer of Photography, a festival of international stature. Opening 27/06 18:00-21:00 Nominated for the 'Zilveren Camera 2013' for the series of Eva. 19 Photographs Of Hipsters Taking It Way Too Far Our friends at Urban Dictionary define hipsters as: A subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. The "effortless cool" urban bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in Urban Outfitters and American Apparel ads which cater towards the hipster demographic. A pretty fair and balanced (if slightly tongue in cheek) description don't you think? But as you're about to see, like any sub-culture there are people who adopt a trend for fun and those that take it to a whole other level.